Lord Krishna Says QUIT COFFEE

April 20, 2023

But before we get into that, we need to know about something called as Yogic Foods.

  • Sattvic
  • Rajasic
  • Tamasic


Early folks roasted coffee beans in the confines of their kitchen in ovens. A little later, commercial roasters entered the scene, but they couldn’t compete much with home roasters thanks to appliances made for them.

The word Sattvic is derived from ‘Sattva’. It loosely translates to balance, harmony, and light. This rightly defines the Sattvic diet too.
Sattvic food is the purest form of food. They are aimed at calming the mind, rejuvenating the body, and inspiring the heart.
Sattvic foods are fresh, nutritious foods that are high in fiber. They typically grow above the ground, close to sun.

Few examples are,

  • Sprouted whole grains.
  • Whole grains.
  • Fresh fruit.
  • Land and sea vegetables.
  • Pure fruit juices.
  • Nut and seed milk.
  • Cheese.
  • Legumes.


The word Rajasic finds its origin in the word ‘Rajas’. Rajas mean activity and movement. It also relates to agitated, sensual, passionate, moving, and emotional.
Rajasic food is said to be stimulating and contributes to physical and emotional stress. Too much of such a diet can push us towards an imbalanced life.

Few examples are,

  • Root vegetables like carrots, parsnip, rutabaga, celery root.
  • The trinity roots; onion, garlic and ginger.
  • Earth vegetables like asparagus, endives.
  • Fragrant spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, caraway,
  • Spicy spices like black pepper, red pepper, chili pepper.
  • Stimulants like tea & coffee


The word Tamasic is acquired from ‘Tamas’. Tamas stands for inertia, dullness, inactivity, or lethargy. Tamasic food is the most un-advocated diet in the Vedas.

As per the Ayurveda, consumption of Tamasic food leads to the destruction of the mind and body alike. They are said to harm humans in all possible ways.

Few examples are,

  • Red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Fast food
  • Frozen food
  • Fried food

So, now we know the three categories of the yogic food, we know that coffee falls under the rajasic food. And Lord Krishna states in Gita that, “One must overcome the mode of passion (Rajas) and darkness (tamas) and increase the mode of goodness (Sattva Guna)”which translates to one must give up on things & food that could be addictive in order to become more closer to the source.

But, on the contrary, the energy that rajasic and tamasic food provide are requires to do our daily duties as a human. It provides us the immunity to fight diseases and become stronger.

Now, it is time to listen to hear your view on the same! Do you think we must forgo coffee to lead a life that doesn’t depend on a commodity’s presence or is it okay to depend on something to carry out our day-to-day duties?